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Gotterdamerung by Hagge Gotterdamerung by Hagge
Act III of the Twilight of the Gods by Wagner.

Bruenhilde, having ridden herself and her horse onto the funeral pyre of her beloved Siegfried, has set fire to the hall of the Gibichungs...

"...the flames instantly blaze up and fill the entire space before the hall, seeming even to seize on the building...
Suddenly the fire falls together, leaving only a mass of smoke which collects at back and forms a cloud bank on the horizon...the Rhine swells up mightily and sweeps over the fire...

Through the cloud-bank on the horizon breaks an increasing red glow...
From the ruins of the half burnt hall, the men and women perceive with awe the light in the sky, in which now appears the hall of Valhalla...
Bright flames seize on the abode of the gods; and when this is completely enveloped by them, the curtain falls." (Wagner's stage directions)


I've combined a whole lot and at the same time left out a whole lot. This turned out better than anticipated. But this is also the kind of picture I'll likely attempt again in future...this first attempt allowed me to work some of the bugs out.
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sturmfeuer Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009
This is awesome.
The fire is so mighty and light.
The upper and the lower part of the image are both great.
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Hagge Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Professional General Artist
Wagner's music is inspiring. It's one I may try again. Thank you.
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Paladin343 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa.... wait. Remind me again, who were the Gibichungs?

Anyway... WHOA. :clap: :trophy:
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Hagge Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008  Professional General Artist
A familial tribe...it'd be like you and everyone related to you through family or marriage all living together in one home...:) (which wasn't uncommon back then)
And thank you for faving it. :D :bow:
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Paladin343 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah. Okay.
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Kid-Apocalypse Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008
Epic... :wow: I'm curious, what other operas have you thought about illustrating part of?
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Hagge Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008  Professional General Artist
Well, I was thinking Madame Butterfly (tragic opera), but I'd really have to study the costumes of that period. Did you have something in mind? :?
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Kid-Apocalypse Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008
Ooh nice. Actually, I was thinking of the Pearl Fishers--I don't know why, since it's nowhere near one of my favorites.
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Hagge Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2008  Professional General Artist
Oo, the Pearl Fishers. :love: I have to admit...I'm smitten with the song Au fond du temple saint. Not sure exactly what they're singing about, but the music is very stirring for me. :)
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Kid-Apocalypse Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2008
Now you've gone and made me want to see it again. ;) You can find a translation here [link] and peruse meaning.
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Hagge Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008  Professional General Artist
Oo, thank you... :) Bryn Terfel is one of my favourite singers, too...
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Kid-Apocalypse Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008
You're welcome. ...Didn't he perform at a concert for the re-dedication of the Salt Lake Tabernacle last year?
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Hagge Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008  Professional General Artist
I have no idea...:shrug:
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Ghost-of-Ink Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Wow. That is quite the piece. I love the way the fire looks, and the hall of Valhalla. oAo

It really fits the prose at the bottom.
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Hagge Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks. :) I'm considering doing more work from the opera at a later time. :D
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Ghost-of-Ink Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Sounds like a lot of fun~ c:
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glacierbear Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008  Professional General Artist
Wow! The color and texture are quite amazing! :clap:
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Hagge Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008  Professional General Artist
:bow: thenk ye...thenk ye...it was frustratingly fun...if that makes any sense.
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Kibaoftheleaves Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008
Very nice! It's quite a big fire.
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Hagge Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008  Professional General Artist
Actually, I guess it is...I was going to put more flames in it...:)
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Allerlei Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing :O
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Hagge Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :) Later, I'll be hopefully be doing more from the opera...
Thanks for faving it, too. :D
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BlueSand-Tiger Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like when you use this sort of colors ^^
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Hagge Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008  Professional General Artist
Oh thank you. :) I like working with those colors sometimes.
Thank you for faving it, too.
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Hagge Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008  Professional General Artist
:bow: thenk ye....Wagner's orchestral version of the Ring is one of my favourites. :)
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Mayaj Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008
gdyikes. Absolutely gorgeous.
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Hagge Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008  Professional General Artist
Well, bum deal...the original comment didn't get filed as a reply to your comment...but thanks....:) this was one that was tumbling around in my head for a bit.
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Mayaj Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008
It's absolutely breathtaking.
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Hagge Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008  Professional General Artist
:bow: thenk ye...thenk ye....
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